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    Posted: 07 April 2016 at 4:08pm
Hi,

This is my first post and what I'm sure is going to be a journey into the EV and maybe off-grid world.

I've been looking around at Nissan Leaf battery packs, after discussing with a member about the packs in his Mk1 MR2, and began to wonder if anyone had considered transplanting the entire running gear of a Nissan Leaf to another vehicle?

The way I see it, the upsides would be:
- It's well established technology, all designed to work together
- Depending on the wrecker, parts can be cheap
- The Leaf engine module is standardized

Potential downsides
- Mounting of batteries
- Working with a 360v battery pack.
- Weight distribution
- Getting it approved/registered (I'm in NSW, but SA is an option)

On the home energy storage side, I've just read about someone using Leaf packs in their solar system - http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=17879

I'd be interested in everyone's thoughts.

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Hi Jamie, welcome aboard! High voltage battery packs aren't scary. Just build them right and you won't look back. The pack on my race bike is 700 V fully charged...
Ask Graeme Manietta about mounting them. Michael Day and Mark Taylor will be very helpful guys to have around.
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Thank you.

I spoke to Michael last weekend at the Mighty Car Mods Nationals at Sydney Dragway. It was him that mentioned the Leaf batteries.

I'm a little way off doing something, but am curious what people are doing and what challenges they might have faced.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote reecho Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 April 2016 at 9:08am
There is a youtube video of a complete Leaf drivetrain out of a car...mounted on a peg board running. I think it's doable if the right donor car is chosen.

There would be a few niggles of course such as ABS speed sensors and the like..
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Looks complex, but cool though. It's good that someone else has gone first to work all of this out .. :)
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There are also solutions becoming available that will allow the use of a Leaf drive train with a standalone controller.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Richo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 August 2016 at 12:36pm
Originally posted by jalovick jalovick wrote:

On the home energy storage side, I've just read about someone using Leaf packs in their solar system -
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=17879



Is there a constant reliable source of good leaf cells?
What is their cost?
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just out of intrest what is a new leaf pack worth?

because the last price i saw per "unit" was used $190 + shipping and there is 48 (?) units in a pack?

190 x 48 = $9120 that has to be more than a new pack
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Any takers on busting up your leaf so I can buy the cells cheap
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